It’s not difficult to play it safe. To take the same old path, to stay the course of how it’s always been done.
It’s not difficult. But it can be numbing, tiring, maybe even heart-breaking.
Just for today, imagine there is no path. That every step you take you are creating as you go. That even though you ‘know the answer’, there are answers you don’t know.
Ask yourself, “Am I doing it this way because it’s the way I’ve always done it? I wonder what would happen if I changed it up?”
And when the critter, that negative little voice in your head who thinks he’s keeping you safe by holding you to the tried and true, pipes up with, “Why change it if it’s working?”, lovingly embrace his fears and tell him you aren’t changing what’s working, you’re exploring a new way to see what else works.
Changing things up isn’t about ‘throwing out the baby with the bath water’.
It’s about checking the temperature of the water to see if it’s gotten too cold because the baby’s been in it too long.
Pick one thing you do every day that doesn’t need to change (technically), but has the possibility of change.
Like how you drive to work. Choose a different route.
Or, if you always match your handbag to your shoes, or never mix silver and gold jewellry, change it up. Do it. Wear mis-matched socks or earrings. Wear brown shoes with black pants. And if you’ve never cared about mis-matching, go for matching.
Do something unusual, not to create the discomfort of change, but instead, to explore your responses to change. Be curious about what it is that makes you feel uncomfortable in the change.
Be curious about yourself.
Give yourself permission to ‘do it my way’ and see what happens when you let go of your mindset that says, ‘why change it if it’s working?’
Be curious about what happens inside you when you step outside your comfort zone. Explore those feelings. Be an observer of yourself doing things differently.
I am changing things up this morning.
For the past year, since starting to paint The #ShePersisted Series in late February 2017, I have told myself that when I get to 52 paintings in the Series, I will write a corresponding descriptor of what the piece means.
I’ve completed 47 paintings in the series but won’t have my studio completed until the fall.
So… rather than do it the way I planned, I’m going to start writing the descriptors for the one’s I’ve already painted – in random order. This is No. 19 of the Series.
It also means, 52 paintings may, or may not appear.
I’m curious to see how I’ll respond to the freedom of not having to reach the number 52. Maybe I’ll stop here. Maybe I’ll go higher!
I wonder what will happen when I start writing out the descriptors in no specific order….
I’m doin’ it my way.
To read more about the #ShePersisted Series and to view the completed paintings, click HERE.